Flooring trends for 2018
Why not make this the year your home gets that much-needed refresh?
Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Our recent survey revealed that nearly three-fifths (59%) of people in the UK want to update their homes, while two thirds (66%) said their home could really do with some TLC or serious work.
A great place to start is with the foundation to every room in the house: the flooring.
Before looking at colours and styles, it’s important to consider the practicality of your flooring. If you’ve got children and pets, you won’t want cream carpets. Consider laminate or vinyl instead, as it’s easier to care for.
To help you get started on visualising the look and feel of your room, we’ve collated this year’s trends so you can achieve these 2018 styles in your home.
Functional colours: grey
According to the Pinterest 100 trends for 20181, flooring in shades of grey is in. The great thing about grey is its versatility. There’s a large spectrum of shades to choose from – you can go for a lighter, more subtle shade, or something dark and striking. The best part about choosing grey flooring is that if you do scratch it, or make minor marks, it barely shows up – great for people who own dogs!
Achieve the look for less: Browse our range of grey carpets.
Grey flooring can complement an array of interior styles, from modern and sleek, to rustic and full of character. Whether you’re after something practical like vinyl flooring, luxury engineered wood flooring, or carpet for comfort, we’ll have it in store.
Earthy neutrals: sage
The Pinterest 100 trends also revealed more people want to explore neutral tones in their interiors, with sage being a very popular choice this year. These understated tones are a subtle way to lighten up a room, creating a cosy, cool and calming effect – a great way to achieve the ‘hygge’ feel through your home.
Anyone looking to do a sage or neutral theme for their home renovation project should consider natural-coloured wood flooring or carpet in a cream colour. Other shades said to be trending include soft mustards, olives and jades.
Woodwork: Herringbone & chevron patterns
Herringbone and chevron are timeless designs. These patterns date all the way back to the Roman times, when they discovered roads would be more stable by pointing the bricks in the direction of the traffic2. Centuries later, we’re still in love with this beautiful, practical and long-lasting flooring design.
This flooring will fulfil either a contemporary or period look in your home. It’s great for smaller rooms because the pattern can make narrow spaces appear wider. We have this pattern in both wood flooring and vinyl wood effect options. For those who want something more comfortable under their feet, there’s even a carpet option.
Another unsuspecting trend for 2018 is the colourful marble alternative known as terrazzo. It first made an appearance in public spaces back in the 1970. It was a popular choice back in the day, not for its style, but for its durability. Now it’s back in, with an increasing number of interior designers opting for this fun flooring design!
This speckled concrete isn’t available in store, but we have our award-winning Mardi Gras Vinyl (as shown above) which can create the same look and feel. It doesn’t break the bank, it’s easy to fit and it’s simple to care for.
Pantone colour of the year: Ultra violet
Daring, bold, and alternative to other burgeoning trends, ultra violet is associated with mindfulness, spirituality and creative expression. For those adventurous enough to try something new, or to make a statement about yourself in the home, this mystical colour may be the one for you.
It’s recommended that this colour accompanies softer purples, pinks and blues to really bring out the boldness of the colour in a room. In terms of flooring, dark colours and rich fabrics work well for this theme. We have a range of purple carpets, dark wood flooring, or cost-effective laminate flooring.
And there you have it! Hopefully you’re now full of ideas for your new 2018 home renovation project.
Before purchasing your dream flooring, why not upload an image of the room you want to transform to our visualiser tool, and try out our selection before you buy!